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OBSERVATORY OPEN  Monday MORNING November 11, 2019 

TGCO observatory and LAS Observatory will be open for the November Transit of Mercury. Transit starts at 7:30 AM. Bring your scopes and dress for the weather. TGCO classroom building will be open around 7:00 AM.

Update: Successful viewing of the Transit of Mercury for part of the day.

NEW https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/will-the-unicorn-give-us-a-meteor-storm-on-november-22

Possibility of the Alpha Monocerotids meteor showers – Good timing for East Coast USA.  Take a chance and look if it’s clear that evening.


Click on image for Clear Sky Chart 


The software listed here are used to created the Sky Events Calendar.

SkyTools V2 and CoelixApex. TheSky 6 used for verification of data.  


November 2019

         

                Nov 4           Nov 12         Nov 19         Nov 26


  • Nov   5 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  •            Election of  Officers for the year 2020
  • Scheduled Program:
  •              Events in the Sky this month presentation.
  •              Preview of the Transit of Mercury
  • Nov   9 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Nov 12 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset
2019 Nov 2 Gibbous Moon and Saturn 8.2 degrees apart.
2019 Nov 7 Fat Gibbous Moon is 5 degrees below 7.8 magnitude Neptune.
2019 Nov 11 Near Full Moon and Uranus 5 degrees apart.

Morning DAYLIGHT HOURS

2019 Nov 11 TRANSIT of Mercury in front of the SUN. WARNING, requires a telescope with a SOLAR FILTER to view this event.

WARNING Those “Solar Eclipse glasses” will not reveal Mercury due to the planet’s small size.
Therefore do not stare at the Sun with “Solar Eclipse glasses” for extended periods of time.

First Contact occurs at  7:35 am

Mid Transit occurs at   10:19 am

Last Contact occurs at  1:04  pm

2019 Nov 15 Moon Occultation of Mu Geminorum (2.9 mag.) ends  at 8:26 pm low on ENE horizon

2019 Nov 24 Jupiter (-1.9 mag) and Venus (-4.3 mag) are 1.5 degrees apart. ****

Morning Sky in the east before Sunrise
2019 Nov 24 Crescent Moon is left of 1.7 magnitude Mars. Mercury, at magnitude -0.2,
is 9.5 degrees below Mars.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Nov 28 Crescent Moon is 1 degree above Venus. Jupiter is 4 degrees right of Venus.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2019 Nov 28 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation; Magnitude -0.5: Very good height above horizon.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Nov 29 Crescent Moon is 1.5 degrees below Saturn.

Uranus Sky Chart Path Sept – Dec 2019


December 2019

         

                Dec 4           Dec 12         Dec 19         Dec 26


  • Dec   3 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Scheduled Program
  •              Annual Christmas Pot Luck Supper
  • Dec   7 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night

Meteor Shower: 2019 Dec 13-14 Geminids Meteors peak, moonlight interferes.

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Dec 11 Venus at -4.0, magnitude is 2 degrees below Saturn.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise.
2019 Dec 22 Crescent Moon and Mars are 6.0 degrees apart.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Dec 28 Thin Crescent Moon and Venus 3 degrees apart.

Uranus Sky Chart Path Sept – Dec 2019


January 2020

  • Jan     7 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  •           Annual Meeting – Previous Year Report
  • Jan   11 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Jan   14 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Jan 3   Jan 10   Jan 17    Jan 24 

Lunar Phases this Month

Jan   3 First Quarter Moon
Jan   3 8:31 pm 404578 km at Apogee
Jan 10 Full Moon
Jan 13 4:22 pm 365963 km at Perigee
Jan 17 Third Quarter Moon
Jan 24 New Moon
Jan 30 09:29 pm 405389 km at Apogee

Meteor shower: 2020 Jan 4 04:30 Quadrantids peak,  ZHR=120

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky
Morning Sky, 2 hour before Sunrise in the south
2020 May 12 Jupiter and Saturn 4 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Saturn 6 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Jupiter 3 degrees apart
2020 May 14 Moon and Mars 9 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Moon and Mars 4.5 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Saturn and Jupiter 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky in the west at Sunset
2020 May 24 Moon and Mercury 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Moon and Venus 11 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Mercury and Venus 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)

Variable Stars : January 2020
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA 

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
 yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 01 11  21:05 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 01 13  23:59 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 01 16  20:48 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 01 19  17:38 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 01 21  18:45 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 01 22  19:04 Maximum of the variable star khi Cygni
2020 01 27  23:28 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 01 28  22:59 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae


February 2020

  • Feb     4 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Feb     8 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Feb   11 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Feb 1   Feb 9    Feb 15  Feb 23

EVENTS IN THE SKY 

Lunar Phases this Month

Feb   1 First Quarter Moon
Feb   9 Full Moon
Feb 10 4:32 pm 360463 km at Perigee
Feb 15 Third Quarter Moon
Feb 23 New Moon
Feb 26 6:36 am 406276 km at Apogee

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky in the south and west
Two bright stars occult on the same evening
2020 Feb 5 Moon occult’s Eta Geminorum (3.3 mag.) Ingress 7:40 pm, Egress 8:41 pm
2020 Feb 6 Moon occult Mu Geminorum (2.8 mag.) Ingress 12:30 am, Egress 1:17 am
2020 Feb 8 Near Full Moon occult’s 39 Cancri (6.3 mag.) and other stars in Beehive  Cluster, M44. Ingress 6:26 am

Morning Sky, 30 minutes before Sunrise in the east.
Moon is 18 degrees above horizon, locate Moon well before sunrise to follow event in daylight sky.

2020 Feb 18 08:30 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, First Contact,
2020 Feb 18 08:30 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Second Contact
2020 Feb 18 09:14 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Mid-occultation
2020 Feb 18 09:58 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Third Contact
2020 Feb 18 09:58 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Last Contact
2020 Feb 20  Moon and Saturn 4 degrees apart

Variable Stars : February 2020
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 02 05  22:33 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 02 07  17:04 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 02 08  19:23 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 02 08  19:42 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2020 02 18   23:18 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2020 02 23  19:27 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 02 28  21:08 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)


March 2020

  • Mar   3 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Mar   7 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Mar 10 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Mar 2    Mar 9   Mar 16    Mar 24

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Mar   2 First Quarter Moon
Mar   9 Full Moon
Mar 10 1:34 am 357122 km at Perigee
Mar 16 Third Quarter Moon
Mar 24 New Moon
Mar 24 11:24 am 406688 km at Apogee

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise low in the south east horizon
2020 Mar 15 – 22 Mars move past Jupiter past Jupiter (very close passage)
2020 Mar 18 Moon and Mars 2 degrees apart
2020 Mar 18 Moon and Jupiter 2 degrees apart
2020 Mar 18 Moon and Saturn 7 degrees apart
2020 Mar 20 Mars and Jupiter 30 arc seconds apart (closest separation)
2020 Mar 22 Mars and Pluto are 30 arc seconds apart (Pluto is 14 magnitude, Mars outshine at 1st magnitude)
2020 Mar 23 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=7″, Mag=0.3

Evening Sky, very high in western sky at sunset
2020 Mar 24 Venus Greatest Eastern Elongation, Diam=24″, Mag=-4.4

Variable Stars: March 2020
Times are given in daylight time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 03 02  18:57 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 03 10  22:50 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 03 19  23:53 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 03 22  20:42 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 03 25  17:31 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)


April 2020

  • Apr     7 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Apr   11 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing
  • Apr   14 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Apr 1 Apr 7   Apr 14  Apr 22 Apr 30  

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Apr   1 First Quarter Moon
Apr   7 2:10 pm 356908 km at Perigee
Apr   7 Full Moon
Apr 14 Third Quarter Moon
Apr 20 2:02 pm 406461 km at Apogee
Apr 22 New Moon
Apr 30 First Quarter Moon

Meteor shower: 2020 Apr 21 Lyrids peak, ZHR=15

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky
Morning Sky, 2 hour before Sunrise in the south
2020 Apr 15 Jupiter and Saturn 5.5 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Moon and Jupiter 7 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Moon and Saturn 3 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Moon and Mars 9 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Mars and Saturn 9.5 degrees apart
2020 Apr 16 Moon and Mars 4 degrees apart

Variable Stars : April 2020
Times are given in daylight time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 04 16  22:31 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 04 19  21:59 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2020 04 22  21:11 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 04 27  22:00 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae


May 2020

  • May    5 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • May    9 8:00 Saturday Club Observing Night
  • May ?? 7:00 p.m. Saturday ASTRONOMY DAY
  • May   12 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

May 7 May 14 May 22 May 29

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

May   7 2:05 am 359655 km at Perigee
May   7 Full Moon
May 14 Third Quarter Moon
May 18 2:46 am 405583 km at Apogee
May 22 New Moon
May 29 First Quarter Moon

Meteor shower: 2020 May 6 eta-Aquarids peak, ZHR=60. Very little interference from Moonlight.

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 2 hour before Sunrise in the south
2020 May 12 Jupiter and Saturn 4 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Saturn 6 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Jupiter 3 degrees apart
2020 May 14 Moon and Mars 9 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Moon and Mars 4.5 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Saturn and Jupiter 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky in the west at Sunset 
2020 May 24 Moon and Mercury 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Moon and Venus 11 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Mercury and Venus 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)

Variable Stars : May 2020
Times are given in daylight time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 05 08  23:32 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 05 10  20:34 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2020 05 24  22:42 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 05 25  01:54 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 05 27  19:31 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 05 29  23:52 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae


June 2020

  • June    2 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • June    6 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night and COOKOUT
  • June   8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

June 5  June 13  June 21  June 28  

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Jun   4 11:38 pm 364365 km at Perigee
Jun   5 Full Moon
Jun 13 Third Quarter Moon
Jun 16 8:58 pm 404596 km at Apogee
Jun 21 New Moon
Jun 28 First Quarter Moon
Jun 31 10:10 pm 368957 km at Perigee

Meteor shower: 2020 Jun 27 June Bootids peak, ZHR=50

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky, in West at sunset
2020 Jun 4 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation, Diam=8″, Mag=0.6

Morning Sky, after midnight
2020 Jun 8 Moon and Saturn 12 degrees apart
2020 Jun 8 Jupiter and Saturn 5 degrees apart
2020 Jun 13 Moon and Mars 5 degrees apart
2020 Jun 13 Mars and Neptune 1.5 degrees apart

Morning Sky, 45 minutes before Sunrise look east
2020 Jun 19 Moon and Venus 1 degree apart

Variable Stars : June 2020
Times are given in daylight time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 06 16  21:12 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 06 20  21:50 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei


July 2020

  • July   7 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • July 11 7:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night and Summer Cookout
  • July ?? 9:00 p.m. Saturday  State Park
  • July ?? 9:00 p.m. Saturday  State Park
  • TGCO JULY LECTURE SERIES  (Dates To Be Determined)

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

July 5  July 12   July 20  July 27 

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Jul   5 Full Moon
Jul 12 Third Quarter Moon
Jul 12 3:28 pm 404200 km at Apogee
Jul 20 New Moon
Jul 26 12:55 am 368366 km at Perigee
Jul 27 First Quarter Moon

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky before midnight.
2020 Jul 5 Full Moon and Saturn 4 degrees
2020 Jul 5 Full Moon and Jupiter 5 degrees
2020 Jul 5 Full Moon and Jupiter 5 degrees

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, before sunrise in SSW sky
2020 Jul 12 3rd Quarter Moon and Mars 6 degrees apart

Morning Sky, before sunrise in the East
2020 Jul 17 Thin Crescent Moon and Venus 3 degrees apart
2020 Jul 18 Thin Crescent Moon and Mercury 3 degrees apart
2020 Jul 22 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=8″, Mag=0.3

Visible Phenomena of the Galilean satellites for NEPA

Variable Stars : July 2020
Times are given in daylight time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 07 04  21:00 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 07 06  22:53 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 07 09  19:42 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 07 29  21:22 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)


August 2020

  • Aug   4 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Aug  ??  9:00 p.m. Friday  State Park
  • Aug    8 7:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night and Summer Cookout
  • Aug  11 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors
  • Aug  ??  9:00 p.m. Friday  State Park
  • Aug??9:00 p.m. Saturday State Park

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Aug 3  Aug 11   Aug 18  Aug 25   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Aug   3 Full Moon
Aug   9 8:52 am 404657 km at Apogee
Aug 11 Third Quarter Moon
Aug 18 New Moon
Aug 21 7:00 am 363512 km at Perigee
Aug 25 First Quarter Moon

Meteor shower: 2020 Aug 11-12 Perseids peak Moon interferes early evening, better after Midnight.

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky before midnight
2020 Aug 1 Moon and Jupiter 3 degrees apart

Morning Sky, after midnight

2020 Aug 9 Moon and Mars 1.2 degrees apart
2020 Aug 12 Venus Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=24″, Mag=-4.3
2020 Aug 13 Moon occult’s Epsilon Tauri (3.5 mag.) Ingress 1:25 am, Egress 2:08 am

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky before midnight
2020 Aug 28 Ceres at opposition in Aquarius, Mag. 7.7 (click on name for map)
2020 Aug 28 Saturn and Jupiter 8 degrees apart
2020 Aug 28 Moon and Jupiter 2.3 degrees apart
2020 Aug 29 Moon and Saturn 5 degrees apart

Visible Phenomena of the Galilean satellites for NEPA

Variable Stars : August 2020
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 08   02 20:06 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 08   08 04:53 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 08   09 18:12 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 08   16 02:14 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 08   16 22:26 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 08   18 22:27 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 08   18 23:02 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 08   24 02:41 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae


September 2020

  • Sep    1 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Sep    5 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Sep    8 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Sep 2   Sep 10  Sep 17  Sep 23   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Sep   2 Full Moon
Sep   7 2:32 am 405605 km at Apogee
Sep 10 Third Quarter Moon
Sep 17 New Moon
Sep 18 9:45 am 359080 km at Perigee
Sep 23 First Quarter Moon

Evening Sky, in the ESE sky before midnight
2020 Sep 5 Moon and Mars 0.5 degrees apart (very close)

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east
2020 Sep 14 Moon and Venus 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Sep 24 Saturn and Jupiter 7 degrees apart
2020 Sep 24 Moon and Jupiter 5 degrees apart
2020 Sep 25 Moon and Saturn 3 degrees apart

Visible Phenomena of the Galilean satellites for NEPA

Variable Stars : September 2020
Times are given in daylight time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 09 04   00:49 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 09 08   00:42 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 09 10   21:31 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 09 14   18:23 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 09 19   03:59 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini 
2020 09 20   03:11 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 09 28   02:22 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 09 28   23:56 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 09 30   20:45 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 09 30   23:11 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)


October 2020

  • Oct    6 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Oct  10 7:30 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Oct  13 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Oct 1  Oct 9 Oct 16 Oct 23 Oct 31  

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Oct   1 Full Moon
Oct   3 1:24 pm 406319 km at Apogee
Oct   9 Third Quarter Moon
Oct 16 New Moon
Oct 16 7:48 pm 356912 km at Perigee
Oct 23 First Quarter Moon
Oct 31 Full Moon
Oct 31 10:47 pm 406392 km at Apogee

Meteor shower: 2020 Oct 8-9 Draconids peak,some interference from moonlight
Meteor shower: 2020 Oct 20-21 Orionids peak,some interference from moonlight

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky, in the ESE sky early evening
2020 Oct 1 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation, Diam=7″, Mag=0.1 (very, very low on horizon)
2020 Oct 2 Moon and Mars 1.2 degrees apart (close)

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2020 Oct 13 Crescent Moon and Venus 8 degrees apart
2020 Oct 14 Crescent Moon and Venus 6 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Oct 23 Saturn and Jupiter 6 degrees apart
2020 Oct 23 Moon and Jupiter 4 degrees apart
2020 Oct 23 Moon and Saturn 4 degrees apart
2020 Oct 29 Moon and Mars 4 degrees apart

Visible Phenomena of the Galilean satellites for NEPA

Variable Stars: October 2020
Times are given in daylight time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 10 03   19:59 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 10 04   19:53 Maximum of the variable star Mira (omicron Ceti)
2020 10 16   23:07 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 10 23   21:40 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)


November 2020

  • Nov   3 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Nov   7 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Nov 10 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Nov 8  Nov 15  Nov 22  Nov 30

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Nov   8 Third Quarter Moon
Nov 14 6:49 am 357838 km at Perigee
Nov 15 New Moon
Nov 22 First Quarter Moon
Nov 28 7:30 pm 405890 km at Apogee
Nov 30 Full Moon and Penumbra Eclipse

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky
2020 Nov 1 Flora  at opposition in Cetus, Mag. 8.0, (click on name for map)

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2020 Nov 10 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=7″, Mag=-0.5 (low altitude)
2020 Nov 10 Mercury and Venus 13 degrees apart
2020 Nov 12 Crescent Moon and Venus 7 degrees apart
2020 Nov 13 Moon and Mercury 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Nov 19 Saturn and Jupiter 4.5 degrees apart
2020 Nov 19 Moon and Jupiter 7 degrees apart
2020 Nov 19 Moon and Saturn 5 degrees apart
2020 Nov 25 Moon and Mars 4 degrees apart

Morning Sky in the west, Penumbra Eclipse, half of the Moon in penumbra shadow NOT a TOTAL Eclipse
2020 Nov 30 02:31 am Lunar Eclipse, Enter Penumbra,
2020 Nov 30 03:25 am Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra First Visible
2020 Nov 30 04:44 am Lunar Eclipse, Mid-eclipse    Link to Graphic 
2020 Nov 30 06:02 am Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra Last Visible
2020 Nov 30 06:55 am Lunar Eclipse, Exit Penumbra

Visible Phenomena of the Galilean satellites for NEPA

Variable Stars : November 2020
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 11 03   20:13 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2020 11 07   23:40 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2020 11 08   20:50 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2020 11 10   01:33 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 11 12   18:05 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 11 12   22:22 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 11 15   19:11 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 11 20   22:15 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2020 11 28   20:28 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei

 


December 2020

  • Dec   1 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Dec   5 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Dec 7  Dec 14  Dec 21  Dec 29

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Dec   7 Third Quarter Moon
Dec 12 3:43 pm 361776 km at Perigee
Dec 14 New Moon
Dec 21 First Quarter Moon
Dec 24 11:33 am 405009 km at Apogee
Dec 29 Full Moon

Meteor Shower: 2020 Dec 13-14 Geminids Meteors peak, Moonlight Interferes.

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2020 Dec 12 18:01 Crescent Moon and Venus 4 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Dec 17 Saturn and Jupiter 0.5 degrees apart (very close)
2020 Dec 17 Thin Crescent Moon and Jupiter 9 degrees apart
2020 Dec 17 Thin Crescent Moon and Saturn 9 degrees apart
2020 Dec 23 Moon and Mars 5 degrees apart

Visible Phenomena of the Galilean satellites for NEPA

Variable Stars : December 2020
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2020 12 03   00:04 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 04   05:16 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 05   20:54 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 14   22:51 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2020 12 23   01:48 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 25   22:37 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2020 12 31   01:14 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei


January 2021

  • Jan     1? 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Jan     5 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Jan     8 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Jan 6   Jan 10   Jan 20   Jan 24 

Lunar Phases this Month

Jan   6 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
Jan   9 10:39 am dist. 367387 km at Perigee
Jan 13 NEW MOON
Jan 20 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON 
Jan 21 08:11 am dist. 404360 km at Apogee
Jan 28 14:16 FULL MOON

Occultations

Times are given in standard time for TGCO-LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

2021 01 01 04:44 Beginning of occultation of 43-gamma Cnc, (magn. = 4.66)
2021 01 01 05:24 End of occultation of 43-gamma Cnc, (magn. = 4.66)
2021 01 03 03:57 Beginning of occultation of 46 Leo (magn. = 5.43)
2021 01 03 05:16 End of occultation of 46 Leo (magn. = 5.43)

Meteor shower: Quadrantids 2021 01 03 02:42 Transit 08:30 ,  ZHR=120

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky in the west at Sunset
2021 Jan 21 08:50 Opposition of the asteroid 15 Eunomia with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.559 AU; magn. = 8.5)
2021 Jan 20 Close encounter between Mars and Moon (separation 6°)
2021 Jan 20 Close encounter between Mars and Uranus (separation 1.6°)
2021 Jan 23 Close encounter between the Moon and Aldebaran (separation 4.4°)
2021 Jan 24 GREATEST EASTERN ELONGATION of Mercury sep.(18.6°)
2021 Jan 25 Close encounter between the Moon and M 35 (sep. 18 arc minutes)
2021 Jan 30 Close encounter between the Moon and Regulus

Variable Stars : January 2021
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA 

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
 yyyy mm dd hh:mm
2021 01 08 18:19 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2021 01 10 18:50 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 01 12 03:32 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 01 15 00:21 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 01 16 03:38 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 01 17 21:11 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 01 18 21:55 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2021 01 20 18:00 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 01 21 18:57 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 01 26 21:14 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 01 28 23:12 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 01 29 01:31 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini


February 2021

  • Feb     4 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Feb     8 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Feb   11 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Feb 4   Feb 13   Feb 19   Feb 27

EVENTS IN THE SKY 

Lunar Phases this Month

Feb   3 14:33 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 370116 km)
Feb   4 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
Feb 11 NEW MOON
Feb 18 05:22 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 404467 km)
Feb 19 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON
Feb 27 FULL MOON

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky in the south and west

Feb 13 Moon is 4.4° left of Neptune, low in west at sunset
Feb 17 Moon is 3.5° left of Uranus
Feb 18 Moon and Mars are 3.7° separation
Feb 23 Fat Gibbous Moon is 3.9° below Pollux
Feb 24 Near Full Moon is 2.1°above M 44

Variable Stars : February 2021
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

2021 02 01 06:02 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 02 06 22:56 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 02 09 19:45 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 02 11 23:37 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 02 12 16:34 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 02 22 17:12 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 02 26 16:08 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae


March 2021

  • Mar     2 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Mar     6 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Mar     9 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Link to Moon Phases and libration for this Month

Mar 5   Mar 13   Mar 21   Mar 28

EVENTS IN THE SKY 

Lunar Phases this Month

2021 03 02 01:19 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 365423 km)
2021 03 05 21:30 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2021 03 13 06:21 NEW MOON
2021 03 18 01:04 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 405253 km)
2021 03 21 10:40 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2021 03 28 14:48 FULL MOON
2021 03 30 02:12 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 360309 km)

Occultations

Times are given in standard time for TGCO-LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

2021 03 02 06:22 Beginning of occultation of 74 Vir (magn. = 4.68)
2021 03 02 23:30 End of occultation of 98-kappa Vir (magn. = 4.18)
2021 03 06 04:51 Beginning of occultation of 39-omicron Oph (magn. = 5.12)
2021 03 06 06:04 End of occultation of 39-omicron Oph (magn. = 5.12)
2021 03 20 22:24 Beginning of occultation of 121 Tau (magn. = 5.37)
2021 03 20 23:30 End of occultation of 121 Tau (magn. = 5.37)

Comets:  Current comets

Evening
2021 Mar 04 Close encounter between Mars and the Pleiades, (separation 2.4°)

Morning east horizon low on horizon before sunrise, difficult
2021 Mar 06 GREATEST WESTERN ELONGATION of Mercury (27.3°)
2021 Mar 06 Close encounter between Mercury, 01.mag and Jupiter, -2 mag (separation 0.6°)

Evening
2021 Mar 19 Close encounter between the Moon and Mars, separation = 3.0°
2021 Mar 25 Close encounter between the Moon and Regulus (separation 4.5°)

Variable Stars : February 2021
Times are given in standard time for Fleetville PA LASO

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

2021 03 01 22:31 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 04 19:19 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 05 20:04 Maximum of the variable star khi Cygni
2021 03 05 21:22 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 03 07 16:09 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 10 16:58 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2021 03 10 20:36 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 03 16 05:23 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 03 16 06:37 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 19 03:26 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 20 05:49 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 03 20 20:34 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2021 03 22 00:15 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 24 21:04 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 26 22:58 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 03 27 17:54 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 03 31 00:11 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini


 

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